National Geographic : 1954 Oct
AS GENERAL ELECTRIC SEES IT... The atom will produce power for homes in 5to 10 years Full-sized plants will generate electricity from atomic energy without government subsidy. Biggest question in producing electricity with atomic energy has not been: Can it be done?-but: How can it be done eco nomically on a full-scale basis so that many areas and many people can benefit? America is now very close to a practical answer. We already know the kinds of plants which will be feasible, how they will operate, and we can estimate what their expenses will be. In five years - certainly within ten - a number of them will be operating at about the same cost as those using coal. They will be privately financed, built without government subsidy. Developing the right fuel element is still a problem, but the Atomic Energy Commission, General Electric scientists and other experts are all working on a solution. And real progress is being made. -< -- Protective plastic suit enables technician to work safely. 12,000 General Electric employees are as signed to atomic projects. Atomic power plant of type developed by the A. E. C.'s Argonne National Laboratory. Fission able material serves as fuel to produce steam which powers turbine. For more information from G. E.'s Atomic Power Study, write Department K, 2-119, Schenectady, N. Y .